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Laila J. Worrell is a Managing Director at Accenture and heads the company’s New York and New Jersey offices, where she leads approximately 4,000 professionals and is responsible for managing the local business and key external relationships. In addition, Laila leads Accenture’s work in the private equity industry and several key client relationships. She serves on the company’s North America Leadership Team and the CEO Advisory Council, a group of senior executives who provide counsel and advice to the Chief Executive Officer of Accenture. She has served in leadership roles in Accenture's mergers and acquisitions practice and also spent seven years in Accenture's change management practice. Laila was selected by the Partnership for New York City as a David Rockefeller Fellow and served on the technology sector group for the New York City Investment Fund. She has been active with the Educational Advancement Foundation at the University of Texas and is a former officer of the Harvard Business School Women’s Association. She holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from the University of Texas. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.
Ayala Deutsch is Senior Vice President & Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at the NBA, where she oversees the acquisition, protection and enforcement throughout the world of intellectual property rights belonging to the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the National Basketball Association Development League and USA Basketball. Ms. Deutsch received her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1989. Ms. Deutsch currently serves on the Women in the Profession Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is an adjunct professor of sports law at Cardozo School of Law.
Secretary & Treasurer
As a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Treasury Services, Martha Beard manages transaction banking services for U.S. Federal Government, Global Insurance and Healthcare sectors. As Sector Executive, she is responsible for driving market share, client solutions and sales performance. Since joining J.P. Morgan Chase in 1986, she has held a variety of positions within Treasury Services, including head of Client Segment Strategy for Corporates and Financial Institutions, and Sales Executive for Brokerage and Hedge Funds. She serves as a board member of CORE, the non-profit entity developing transaction standards for the US Healthcare system. She is a lead sponsor for the J.P. Morgan team supporting the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure and was a founding member of! the TSS Women’s Interactive Network, as well as Executive sponsor of the New York WIN chapter. She is also an active member of several community-based organizations. She is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Center for Women’s Senior Leadership Program. Martha is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and is an active alumni member.
Grant Bokerman is a corporate associate for Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, a leading international law firm. His practice focuses on representing borrowers in a variety of financing transactions, including leveraged buyouts, high yield bond offerings, structured finance and other financing arrangements. Prior to joining the leveraged finance group, Grant was a member of the mergers and acquisitions group at Debevoise, where he represented private equity clients and large companies on acquisitions and divestitures. Grant holds a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ohio State University.
Ivy Gamble Cobb, LMSW, is the Executive Director of The Family Center. The mission of The Family Center is to strengthen families affected by illness, crisis, or loss to create a more secure present and future for their children. We believe every child deserves an answer to the question “Who will take care of me?” Ivy was part of a team of four women who established The Family Center in 1994. Prior to co-founding The Family Center, Ivy worked at the NYC Department of Social Services Division of AIDS Services as a Family Case Manager and as a Program Planner. Ivy is featured in the video “A Gift for My Children: Families Talk about Custody Planning”, and has co-authored articles on the issue of families affected by parental illness. Ivy received her Bachelors Degree from New York University, her Masters degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work and has earned credits towards a PhD in Social Welfare.
Grants, Policy and Education Committee Chair
Award-winning anchor Maurice DuBois is the co-anchor of CBS 2 News at 6 and 11 weekdays. He joined WCBS-TV in September 2004. At CBS News, he substitutes as news anchor for the weekend editions of The CBS Evening News and The Early Show. A Long Island native, Maurice spent seven years at WNBC-TV, where he was also substitute news anchor on various NBC News and MSNBC programs, before joining WCBS-TV. Previously, Maurice worked in Chicago, Sacramento, and Seattle. He has won many journalism and community awards, including four Emmys and Honorary PhDs from Seton Hall University and Medgar Evers College. He earned his B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. He and his wife live in Manhattan.
Renee Garbus is Vice President and Assistant Treasurer for PepsiCo, Inc., a world leader in convenient snacks, foods and beverages. She is responsible for the company’s global insurance and risk management functions. Renee joined PepsiCo in 1986 and has held various leadership positions in financial and capital planning, M&A, international treasury, cash management and pensions. Before joining PepsiCo, Renee worked at Merck, Inc. in the Financial Reporting and Internal Audit Departments. She holds an MBA in Finance from New York University and a BA in Economics from Union College.
Joseph Gold is Managing Director, Head of Commodities, Americas for Barclays Capital. Joe joined Barclays Capital in London in February of 2002 to help build the firm’s power and gas trading business. Prior to joining Barclays Capital, he was a Managing Director of Enron Europe where he worked in the UK and Continental power markets and the international base metals markets. Before entering the energy markets, Mr. Gold worked for First Chicago focusing on distressed debt. Mr. Gold has a Bachelors degree from Marquette University (1988) and an MBA from the University of Chicago (1994).
Audit Committee Chair
Sandra Kozlowski is a Principal with Korn/Ferry International, a premier global executive recruiting and consulting company. She entered the search industry with Heidrick & Struggles in 2006. Earlier Sandra was a practicing attorney. She began her law career with Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston. Returning to New York, she represented high profile clients in civil and criminal actions. A graduate of Middlebury College, Sandra earned MBA and JD degrees from Columbia University. She is a member of the bars of New York and Massachusetts. Sandra is the founder and chairperson of the Young Professionals Committee of the Greater New York City Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In 2011, she was recognized with the Affiliate’s Next Generation Award. She serves as chairperson of the Young New Yorkers for the New York Philharmonic and is a committee member of the Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni for Greater New York.
Amy Tsui Luke is a Partner at Accenture where she leads the strategic marketing development for the New York Metro area. She specializes in advising clients on innovative growth strategies, negotiating strategic alliances and change management. Amy is passionate about her community and serves on the boards of the Harvard Business School Women of Greater New York, the Diller-Quaile School of Music, and the New York Venture Capital Association. Additionally, Amy is on the finance committee of The Nightingale-Bamford School. She also serves on the Wellesley College Alumnae Leadership Council and the Wellesley Development and Outreach Council. Amy is an active speaker and mentor to business executives and students with a special passion about helping other women. Amy holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Wellesley College.
Governance Committee Chair
Ahalya Nava is Senior Vice President and Global Leader of Analytics Solutions at Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), a member of the S&P 500 and a leading global provider of data-driven intelligence and advanced analytics solutions to empower companies. Previously she was Partner at Ridgewood Investments and head of sales, marketing, and operations. Earlier in her career she was a key member of teams that worked on a variety of national health challenges, at Booz & Company, the Nobel prize-winning Steinman lab, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Active in the social sector as a co-founder and board member of several organizations, she also served on one of the national leadership councils of a major U.S. Presidential candidate. Ahalya holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Kathy is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where she is head of Corporate Access in the Americas. Previously, she has been in the Alternative Capital Raising Group, the Hedge Fund Industry Group and the Financing Group. Kathy first joined Goldman Sachs in 1997 in Debt Capital Markets, left the firm in 2002 and returned in 2005. Prior to rejoining the firm, Kathy worked at L’Oreal Paris and Bain & Company. Kathy earned a BA in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Nikki Tippins is Managing Director, Head of Americas Equity Derivatives Distribution, for Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2009, she was Managing Director at JPMorgan, where she spent 14 years, in both New York and London. Before entering the banking industry, Nikki qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche in London. Nikki holds a BA/MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, England, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Kathy has been employed at Oppenheimer & Co for over 16 years and is now a Managing Director. She currently works in the U.S. Equity Capital Markets Division where she serves as a Deal Captain on Managed Equity IPO's and Follow-On Public offerings. She is also responsible for marketing and allocating shares to the Private Client Division of 1,400 brokers in 80-plus branch offices. She served as Secretary of the Bond Club of New York Inc. for eight years and is currently a member of the Board of Governors. She also served as Treasurer, V.P. and President of the Women's Syndicate Association and currently serves on the Advisory Board. She holds a B.S. in Economics and an A.A.S. in Business.